"Addictive" new event for pooches and their owners on the program for this year's Oberon Show

GO HIGH: Dog high jump will be on the program for the 2022 Oberon Show. Picture: SUPPLIED
GO HIGH: Dog high jump will be on the program for the 2022 Oberon Show. Picture: SUPPLIED

This year's Oberon Show will be like no other with an event for pooches big and small on the program.

Dog high jump will appear for the first time at the annual event on February 12, providing entertainment not only for the crowd, but dogs and their owners alike.

After the event's many years of success at the Blayney Show, chief steward Erin Telford was approached to bring the event to Oberon.

Much like the human version of high jump, the stages go up by increments and will continue until the final dog has made their highest successful attempt.

"Sometimes we have dogs who jump onto the backs of utes so we start at that height, and other times we have little smaller dogs so we start at a 10 centimetre height," Ms Telford said.

"Dogs get three attempts at a certain height, if they can't make it then the height they were last successful at is what they finish with."

Kelpies typically rule the sport but that hasn't stopped the smaller breeds from giving it a go according to Ms Telford, who is keen to see more varying breeds at the Oberon Show.

JUMP: The dog high jump goes up by increments as is demonstrated. Picture: SUPPLIED

JUMP: The dog high jump goes up by increments as is demonstrated. Picture: SUPPLIED

"We have had a chihuahua before and some of the more pig hunting types of breeds but it's usually the kelpies that seem to steal the show and out jump the other breeds," she said.

"We haven't had many real big dogs so if someone were to bring a greyhound or some other hunting breeds, they might get fairly high as well.

"We get a lot of people who just bring their dogs to the show on the day, and as they're walking past we ask them if they would like to come and have a go. They think they can't jump but once they get involved, they have so much fun and they usually want to keep coming."

While seeing just how high a pooch can jump is "addictive", the animal's safety will always remain the steward's number one priority.

"The dog's safety is our number one concern so if anyone is struggling we will ask the owners to run with the dog and just be there to catch them if it looks like they're about to fall or struggle, especially at those higher heights," Ms Telford said.

CHAMPS: Banjo and Boris at the 2021 Orange Show. Picture: BLAYNEY SHOW - A & P ASSN INC

CHAMPS: Banjo and Boris at the 2021 Orange Show. Picture: BLAYNEY SHOW - A & P ASSN INC

The current jump record is 2.67m held by Bolt, who achieved the mark at the 2021 Orange Show, and Banjo who achieved the height at last year's Dubbo Show.

"It's really amazing to watch how high these little dogs can get. They're so driven to do it for a start, and to get that high, it's a real crowd pleaser. Everyone sort of holds their breath, it's an edge of the seat event," Ms Telford said.

"Some people get a bit nervous once they realise how high their dogs can jump, and then they realise how high their fences are.

"You would be surprised how much fun you'll have and how well your dog can jump, they really enjoy it."

It is likely the event will return in the years to come, but it will depend on interest and number of entries generated from this year's show.

"If we can get enough entrants, it will continue. We are quite happy to come and do it every year because we get a lot of fun out of it as well," Ms Telford said.

"The more entries we can get, the more successful it'll be in returning next year."

The dog high jump will be at the Oberon Show on Saturday, February 12 starting at 2pm.